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Centro Restaurant

1003 Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309-2805
+1 515-248-1780
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  • Excellent59%
  • Very good30%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“centro salad” (21 reviews)
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Italian, American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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1003 Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309-2805
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Sadly, Centro is about a half-hour drive for us, which is just a tad too far most evenings. But probably a good thing, or we'd be there every night. It's not just the food; the entire atmosphere is wonderful.

1  Thank Karen S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I met my sister for lunch and the service is top notch. Our server was fantastic and the food was very good. I ordered the gorgonzola burger medium and I should have said medium well—it was pretty red so they were happy to cook it...More

Thank Coleen D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The biggest problem with eating at Centro is deciding what to order. The pizza from their brick oven is fantastic (as long as you like it thin and crisp). The salads are fantastic (my wife tells me) and so are their burgers and fries.

Thank The-TravellinDude
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What a wonderful place to eat and enjoy friends! Ate here prior to a show at the Temple. Food is great, company was fantastic, servers are responsive and friendly. Menu selection is fantastic. Gourmet or just plain pizza that is fantastic! Nice stop while visiting...More

Thank sandyp113
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I love Centro. I had never had the Kill Bill Tenderloin before so I decided to give it a shot. Definitely not one of the better tenderloins in town. I should have stayed with the good ol' Italian stand-bys.

Thank Dennis B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We often make reservations at Centro when we are in town. The food is always consistently good as is the service. It is very popular so reservations are advised. We had reservations and were seated immediately upon entering. Highly recommend.

Thank Briar502
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My friend and I stopped in to get dinner after seeing a concert at Hoyt Sherman. We walked in 20 minutes before closing. I used to wait tables too and know how irritated I used to get when people would do that. I was impressed...More

Thank Tamera E
Reviewed 6 December 2017

This is one of the finest restaurants in Des Moines. Great menu selection and the food tastes great. It is well worth venturing downtown to enjoy a great meal.

Thank Carole M
Reviewed 25 November 2017

My wife and I ate at Centro while in town for a wedding. Seating was outside on the patio, which gives a good view of the downtown area. The food was good, but not quite up to my expectations for Italian fine dining. Unfortunately, the...More

Thank krondor100
Reviewed 10 November 2017 via mobile

If your visiting Des Moines this is an excellent place to grab dinner in a non chain restaurant. Food is always excellent with excellent service. If you try the Tomato soup you won't be disappointed.

Thank Deb M
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7 April 2017|
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Response from 114bruceb | Reviewed this property |
I would not say it is extensive but respectable with a decent variety.
7 April 2017|
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Response from Tami W | Reviewed this property |
Good quality options for sure, although not a huge selection.
30 November 2016|
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Response from Arturo A | Reviewed this property |
I do not remember seeing a vegan option.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$30
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Reservations
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Kids, Business meetings
Open Hours
10:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1003 Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309-2805
    (10th Street)
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Des Moines
  • Phone Number: +1 515-248-1780
  • E-mail
Conveniently located in downtown Des Moines lives one of the city’s most popular restaurants, Centro. The urban eatery specializes in delicious Italian-inspired food featuring fresh ingredients and masterful preparation by Chef George Formaro. Whether you’re ordering a multi-course meal or grabbing a drink and pizza at the bar, Centro’s lively, casual yet upscale atmosphere makes it perfect for dining with friends, family, clients and business associates.
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